Holstein Yellow Sandalwood Violin Bow

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05/25/2020
Anonymous
United States United States

Fiddle Bow

I've had nothing but positive experiences with your products and services. Thank you very much.

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04/23/2020
John N.
United States United States

Trials with a Holstein Yellow Sandalwood Violin Bow from Fiddlerman

12-29-2019 The Holstein Yellow Sandalwood bow plays a Roman Teller violin (vintage 1978) with its new Alphayue strings, better than any of the carbon fiber or wood bows on hand. Some of these other bows are quite decent ones of German, French and Chinese origin. The better carbon fiber bows work well but the sandalwood bow is more attuned to the sensitivities of this violin and pulls a fuller tone over a 4-octave range at all dynamic levels. This is a good violin, but it's not my favorite one. On the other hand, there appears to be no benefit in using this bow on a typical beginner level violin of today. A strong and inexpensive carbon fiber bow suits these comparatively insensitive instruments better, with its high tension hair pulling a big sound over a limited range. These violins are not capable of the colors and dynamics of a finer instrument. Dynamics are limited having a range of mf to f. At other levels the tone disappears and a better bow is no help at all. The best, and frequently the only, pressure point for these lesser instruments is midway between the bridge and finger board. This leaves us with bow speed for the dynamics... perhaps a good idea for most beginners. A good example of this is an entry level Franz Hoffmann violin. The instrument is perfectly set up, even the pegs operate easily and smoothly, dimensions are perfect, playability is very good, the bridge is well cut, and the strings are quite decent artificial core ones that work well. This violin sounds best with a low level and strong carbon fiber bow. Even a better CF bow does not sound as well. Tone is decent but with limited dynamics. Yet this is a reasonably good instrument suited to most beginners. 3-3-2020 This yellow sandalwood bow also sounds fantastic on an old Juzek (1940's ?) 1-piece back violin that may be a level or two above the beginner instruments of that time. This instrument was "retrieved" some 30 years ago, from an old pile of school junk about to be disposed of, with only its saddle and finger board intact. After setting it up with pegs, post, a tailpiece and cutting a bridge, it sounded just "OK". It has excellent playability, but was hardly used since. Now with the sandalwood bow and a set of new Ascente strings, it sounds better than many $1000 instruments although it's not nearly as pretty. Now this violin could become one of my favorites for its sound and playing. A second similar Juzek fiddle, from the same trash pile, with a 2-piece back, was initially in better condition. But it doesn't sound as well as the first one with any bow. A new set of Ascente strings gave some improvement, but the depth of colors just aren't there. Additional adjustments for fine tuning may give further improvement, but that remains to be seen. For now a better quality carbon fiber or decent China Brazilwood bow is adequate for its limitations. The sandalwood works well but it does not sparkle here. At this point, my opinion is that the Holstein Yellow Sandalwood bow is a gem. I highly recommend it for use on good instruments that already have built-in sensitivities that will perform to a wide range of dynamics, For these, it will respond to all the bowing expertise the player can provide. Economically, this bow definitely maximizes the "bang for the buck"; you can't beat it for price. For a beginner level violin of limited sensitivities, a strong carbon fiber bow actually works better. It gives a better sound within its limited range and helps the student develop some idea of what a violin tone can be. Here a better bow is really a waste and not as helpful to a struggling beginner. The sandalwood bow is really for better players using better instruments, and they will appreciate the doors it opens for them. Incidentally, on the instruments suited to this bow, it either matched or surpassed a number of good and fine quality pernambuco bows in comparison trials. Definitely a keeper!

JN
04/20/2020
John N.
United States United States

Trials with a Holstein Yellow Sandalwood Violin Bow from Fiddlerman

The Holstein Yellow Sandalwood bow plays a Roman Teller violin (vintage 1978) with its new Alphayue strings, better than any of the carbon fiber or wood bows on hand. Some of these other bows are quite decent ones of German, French and Chinese origin. The better carbon fiber bows work well but the sandalwood bow is more attuned to the sensitivities of this violin and pulls a fuller tone over a 4-octave range at all dynamic levels. This is a good violin, but it's not my favorite one. This yellow sandalwood bow also sounds fantastic on an old Juzek (1940's ?) 1-piece back violin that may be a level or two above the beginner instruments of that time. This instrument was "retrieved" some 30 years ago, from an old pile of school junk about to be disposed of, with only its saddle and finger board intact. After setting it up with pegs, post, a tailpiece and cutting a bridge, it sounded just "OK". It has excellent playability, but was hardly used since. Now with the sandalwood bow and a set of new Ascente strings, it sounds better than many $1000 instruments although it's not nearly as pretty. Now this violin could become one of my favorites for its sound and playing. At this point, my opinion is that the Holstein Yellow Sandalwood bow is a gem. I highly recommend it for use on good instruments that already have built-in sensitivities that will perform to a wide range of dynamics, For these, it will respond to all the bowing expertise the player can provide. Economically, this bow definitely maximizes the "bang for the buck"; you can't beat it for price. For a beginner level violin of limited sensitivities, a strong carbon fiber bow actually works better. It gives a better sound within its limited range and helps the student develop some idea of what a violin tone can be. Here a better bow is really a waste and not as helpful to a struggling beginner. The sandalwood bow is really for better players using better instruments, and they will appreciate the doors it opens for them. Incidentally, on the instruments suited to this bow, it either matched or surpassed a number of good and fine quality pernambuco bows in comparison trials. Definitely a keeper!

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03/27/2020
Anonymous
United States United States

I ordered another one today!

About a month ago, the week I finally had a chance to enjoy my new bow happened to be the same week my 8 year old daughter moved up from a 1/2 size to a 3/4 size violin. While listening to her frustration while practicing the first movement of the Vivaldi Concerto in A minor, RV 356, with her "advanced" rental 3/4 violin and bow, I suggested she try out my new 3/4 yellow sandalwood bow. I was curious about what she'd think about it for the solos with 16th notes. Needless to say, it became hers that day! Given the fact that I am an adult beginner and years from playing that Vivaldi Concerto and seeing how happy she was while playing with the new bow, I had no problem handing it over to her. My daughter's comments: Mom, this bow works! It feels light and my sound is clear! However, I do recall how much I loved the sound quality and control I could get while playing with that bow, so I ordered another one for myself today.

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02/24/2020
Anonymous
United States United States

Best bow I’ve purchased!

I’ve been playing with the yellow sandalwood bow for the last few weeks. Bowing feels smooth and it has great projection with my violin. It feels light but sturdy. I’ve set aside my $300 bow and play only with this one now.

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